Another Mobile World Congress will be held later this year in India, it has been confirmed. The three-day event will take place in the country’s capital city of New Delhi in late September, with company’s like Facebook, Huawei, Ericsson, and Cisco “likely” to attend.
Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, which is held every February, is typically one of the biggest events of the year for smartphone and consumer electronics enthusiasts. In recent years, it has brought us new gadgets from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Nokia, and many others. In 2015, a second event was launched in Shanghai, which takes place around June.
Now a third event is going to be held in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets, with a focus on South East Asian markets. It will be driven by the Cellular Operators Association of India, with help from the GSM Association — the organization responsible for MWC in Barcelona.
“There is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and an edition in Shanghai. There is nothing in between for South East Asia,” said COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews. “India is emerging as one of the global leaders in telecom which we will also showcase in the Indian Mobile Congress.”
“The event will focus on knowledge sharing, exhibition, start ups, skill development and all pillars of Digital India including Make in India,” Mathews said.
All Indian operators will take part in the event, and the companies mentioned above are also expected to attend. The COAI has also asked other Indian business to be a part of it. MWC India will kick off on September 27.
UPDATE: The GSMA has since issued a statement to say it is not collaborating with the COAI to organize “Indian Mobile Congress,” so it looks like the event will be put together entirely by the COAI.